I can get sick of just about everything I like, eventually - fried chicken, blondes, The Stones - but not The Margaret Explosion. Their esoteric wonder paints pictures in my head nostop. And I mean cool stuff, too, like a three-legged Little Egypt undulating up to her knees in coconut cream pie, while big bears on little motorcycles circle around singing 'doo wah diddy diddy dum diddy do.' No drugs, honest, just real good music. ' - Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY IT'S 1969 Rochester's excellent cocktail-atmosphere, appetizer-jazz ensemble, Margaret Explosion, celebrates the release of it's second CD, 1969. So elegant that it's almost not there, 1969 features three former members of the Rochester New Wave band Personal Effects, including Margaret Explosion leaders Peggi Fournier on sax and Paul Dodd on drums. Old Effects enthusiasts will barely recognize 'Don't Wake Me,' a cut from the band's 1983 album. - Jeff Spevak, Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY MARGARET EXPLOSION - ECLECTIC JAZZ So I'm sippin' black coffee, Little Theatre Cafe with Margaret Explosion aloft on gossamer wings and complimenting assorted musings. Ray Anthony sounded the charge back to reality and Iceberg Slim came in to add a few snaps and give us all the finger. But I didn't see you there, did I? Not all bands sound good in the Little Theatre Cafe. Sure, it's a tres cool joint, but harnessing the acoustics sometimes proves to be tricky. Margaret Explosion not only harnesses the room's sound, but also throws a saddle on it and rides it around. Even without the Leary-esque visuals, this band is an experiment in texture and color that just works. How, you may ask? Because they sound good. Rooted in dreamy improvisation and just a pinch of post-Beat aesthetic, the band seems to rely on a relatively thin structural framework. They just dive into the 12 cuts on their new CD 1969. - Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY.
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